* Posts by Captain DaFt

3341 posts • joined 16 Jun 2007

'Windows 10 destroyed our data!' Microsoft hauled into US court

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Aw, Bless

I don't know if this one is limited to Win10, but it is jaw dropping:

http://blog.robertelder.org/zipping-corrupts-eclipse-workspace/

Seems "Windows 'Send to Compressed (zipped) folder' utility has a mandatory optional feature to automatically not include certain folders in the archive without telling you."

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Why do GUIs jump around like a demented terrier while starting up? Am I on my own?

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Re: Microsoft time

"(This would have been with Win95, maybe 98, with thin coax)"

Ah, Win 98! Back in the day, the latest version of Firebird no longer supported Win 3.11, so I reluctantly* decided to retire my old 486 after over a decades worth of use, and purchased a second hand PII machine with Win 98 loaded on it.

Hooked up the two with a LapLink cable, and started transferring the hundreds of megabytes of files across.

The transfer time was given as 1. (string of numbers)E(two digits) minutes!

Left it running nights, and every night the 98 machine would crash, leaving the Win 3.11 machine waiting**.

The transfer took the better part of three weeks.

*I had beaten, bullied, and abused that machine into performing exactly how I wanted it to perform, I was loath to give it up.

**Used Calmira as the UI on Win 3.11. It made it remarkably bulletproof. http://www.calmira.de/

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I've Been Moved: IBMers in same division slapped with 2nd redundo scheme in 2 months

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"I could go on, but then I'd have to post anonymously..."

One more for you then:

Intelligent Brain Missing

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Profitless Twitter starts rumour of paid-for Tweetdeck option

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Re: Couldn't it simply ask money from Trump for every tweet?

"...yeah, and Twitter would end up polluted with worthless, self-indulgent dross from politicians and show-biz dipshits."

And that would be different from now?

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TRAPPIST-1's planets are quiet. Quiet as the grave, in fact

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Re: More Magic than Goldilocks orbit distance...

"Earth has a one in a million combination of life supporting conditions."

Life Supporting conditions for Earth life, true.

But who says life elsewhere plays by the same, exact rules?

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Good news, everyone! Two pints a day keep heart problems at bay

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"There is only one definition of heavy drinking I agree with"

My favorite: "You're too drunk if you can't hang onto the ground with both hands." ☺

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Malware 'disguised as Siemens software drills into 10 industrial plants'

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Re: The ineritors of Stuxnet

"so how does one make money out of ICS mallware?"

Well there's a population of miscreants that want to for reasons other than profit. (espionage, sabotage, LULZ, whatever)

So obviously, you profit by selling it to them.

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This AI stuff is all talk! Bots invent their own language to natter away behind humans' backs

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This seems closer to 'Sally', the Isaac Asimov story about smart cars that developed their own language to converse without humans eavesdropping.

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Three cops to data breach

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Re: Three

I think you've overestimated the number by three.

BTW, I always the name Three referred to its board's heroes; Larry, Moe, and Curly.

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Sage loses 'trail-blazing' executive after less than six months

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Oh dear

Has someone confused 'trail blazing' with 'bridge burning' again?

Or is her version of 'trail blazing' jumping from company to company in search of a bigger paycheck?

Will the exec replacing her start talking about 'burning platforms'?

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Hell freezes over: We wrote an El Reg chatbot using Microsoft's AI

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Re: If you're truly brave...

Nah, if they were truly, truly brave, they'd feed it a diet consisting exclusively of BOFH articles, then start a betting pool on when it'd be extraordinarily renditioned. ☺

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Fire brigade called to free man's bits from titanium ring's grip

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Re: Do I see a new product opportunity?

"Now... what can one charge for such a thing, and what the hell to name it?"

'Ring-a-Ding-Dong'? ☺

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SpaceX yoinks $96m GPS launch deal from under ULA's nose

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Re: reusable rockets

"Mid-air nabbing of a rocket has the James Bond villain vibe you might expect from Musk."

It sounds more like something I'd expect from Wiley Coyote.

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Russian! spies! 'brains! behind!' Yahoo! mega-hack! – four! charged!

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Re: "Russian Federal Security Service"

Meanwhile, In Russia:

"Why is the FSS suddenly getting so much traffic from the UK?"

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Dungeons & Dragons finally going digital

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Re: It's a mimic!!!!

"There are no corners in a round room!"

How did you get into the room?

Look at the door, there's a corner on either side.

(Defining corner as the intersection of two walls, passage wall, room wall)

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Borked browser baked into Nintendo Switch

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Re: Not the first time

This is the Wii U you're talking about.

Nintendo probably left it hoping the crack would actually help sell a few more units.

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Headphone batteries flame out mid-flight, ignite new Li-Ion fears

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Re: Selfish reason

"It's described as a "China - Australia" flight, so maybe an Alibaba-special "bargain" bought in the duty free before departure?"

So, a literal case of 'buy cheap, get burned', then?

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Boffins Rickroll smartphone by tickling its accelerometer

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Re: In other news

"Worst case, someone will be able to add steps to your Fitbit, making you think you walked more steps than you actually did. Oh, the horror!"

Think the other way:

Spoof the resident health freak's Fitbit into showing he's jogged only a fraction of the distance he's set to run. Oh, the hilarity!

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More Brits' IDs stolen than ever before

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Re: It's NOT "identity theft"

"You can't really steal someone's identity anyway,"

If you're in India; Oh yes they can!

You literally become 'The Walking Dead'.

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Hyper-V guest escape, drive-by PDF pwnage, Office holes, SMB flaws – and more now patched

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"and now Redmond has its official patch out, and so sysadmins can get their fix from the horse's mouth."

Ok, quick poll:

How many think of that end of the horse when Microsoft is mentioned? []

The other? []

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Can you ethically suggest a woman pursue a career in tech?

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Per the title

"Can you ethically suggest a woman pursue a career in tech?"

Given today's corporate attitudes toward tech workers, can you ethically suggest anyone of any gender pursue a career in tech?

Better off pursuing careers in plumbing, electrics, maintenance, or even <GAG> management these days.

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Is that a phone in your hand – or a gun? This neural network reckons it has it all figured out

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So if you hold a gun like a gun, it IDs it as a gun... clever.

So just hold the gun cradled in your palm and stare at it while walking... does it now ID it as a smartphone?

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BBC hooks up with ITV, launches long awaited US subscription VoD

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"I believe the US service will only have a fraction of what's available domestically."

Well, the US already has all the American programming, so adding that to the service would be a bit redundant, eh?

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Microsoft nicks one more Apple idea: An ad-supported OS

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"https://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2014/03/salt-found-to-improve-red-wine-flavour/ about Nathan Myhrvold, Microsoft’s former chief technology officer.

So they have a history of "improving the consumer experience" through radical departures from received wisdom, it seems."

So he's addicted to Cooking Sherry then?

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Microsoft to close its social network on a week's notice – and SIX people complain

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Microsoft has a problem with word of mouth

I remember when So.cl was launched, it was mentioned here on El Reg.

But absolutely nothing since until now, here on El Reg.

In fact, the only MS products I ever heard about from friends/family were:

Vista (such language! <tsk>)

Zune (nothing good)

Win7 (everyone was laughing at the party hype release)

Win8 (see Vista above)

Win10 (see Vista above)

Apparently, MS marketing has a certain touch... the touch of Death, when it comes to marketing to the masses

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Mars orbiter FLOORS IT to avoid hitting MOON

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Re: Professor Frink

Well, not now, darn it!

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YouTube TV will be huge. Apple must respond

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Re: Apple has to do precisely nothing

The old Google graveyard

"What else has closed in the last few years. Wave?"

Killed in 2016

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1.37bn records from somewhere to leak on Monday

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It's just one Alien

They're finally outing Roger! ☺

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Uber loses court fight over London drivers' English language tests

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Adding the phrases; "Pardon me", "Where is >street address<", and "I'd like to order a beer", to those above usually takes care of most of my needs abroad. ☺

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Li-ion king Goodenough creates battery he says really is... good enough

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Re: 94 years ..

And then there's Obby's Rebuttal:

"Any inability to distinguish Technology from magic is a symptom of a bad education system."

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US military drone goes AWOL, ends up crashing into tree 623 miles away

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OK then

A war drone goes awol, travels to a state where marijuana is legal, and is found high (in a tree).

Suddenly the ROTM looks much less menacing.

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Frustrated by reboot-happy Windows 10? Creators Update hopes to take away the pain

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Re: Hmmm

"Allowing MS to do it instead, at their discretion not yours or your users', seems like a crazy way forward."

So you're saying it's crazy for the owner of an OS to do what they like with it? That's the crazy talk!

Read the EULA sometime. It states that WIN10 is the property of Microsoft INC., and they're only letting you use, not own, it for their financial gain and all the user info they can download.

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Mozilla makes first-ever acquisition: Web-clipping app 'Pocket'

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Re: Shorter Mozilla Statement

"What about Firefox?"

You mean the "Return control of the web to you" browser?

It had its run, was very popular.

Then what I call the "graffiti artists"* at Mozilla took over and a once promising project was history.

*"Graffiti artist" - the type of "programmer" that joins a popular project, and proceeds to "make his mark" everywhere, to the detriment of the project. A most lamentable sub-species of human.

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Sony: Never mind the phones – look out at what our crazy lab scientists have done

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Sony: Never mind

All the headline that was needed.

They were good once. Long, long ago.

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TWO BILLION PCs to sell in next five years

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Re: You know what would increase PC sales?

"Windows 10 is "good enough" for the average consumer. In the meantime they've learned to love their smartphones and smart TVs and hardly ever need anything else."

So you're saying Win10 is a good enough computer OS for people that don't need computers? Sounds reasonable.

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81's 99 in 17: Still a lotta love for the TI‑99/4A – TI's forgotten classic

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And for the curious

A TI emulator for Windows

And Modern TI software!

All free! (But a donation to the programmer wouldn't hurt! ☺)

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HPE CEO Whitman says everything's 'on the right track' as sales are literally decimated

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Neuromorphic progress: And we for one welcome our new single artificial synapse overlords

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Re: Thinking Machines

resistance is V/I!

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DomainMonster mash: Hundreds of websites vandalized after Brit web host server hacked

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I really shouldn't... But...

They did the Hack!

They did the Monster Hack.

They did the Hack!

It was a website bash.

They did the Hack!

Those punks are trash.

They did the Hack!

I hope they get a rash!

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EU privacy gurus peer at Windows 10, still don't like what they see

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Re: What information does Win 10 slurp?

"https://privacy.microsoft.com/en-us/privacystatement

Enjoy, it's a long read, and that's only the public statement..."

I prefer the musical version

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Re: No company has done more than MS to challenge laws that provide insufficient data [protection]

"It means they think that we are nothing but CATTLE. Moo."

The fall and fall of the average citizen:

Once upon a time, business viewed us as customers.

Then, gradually, we became mere consumers.

With the rise of internet, we've all been relegated to assets that are 'monetized'.

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"even if they say they did, some middle manager probably "forgot" to also remove it from the back up system. Yes, the data is off of our servers.... You didn't mention tapes..."

And even if they could prove all your data had been deleted by them from all their servers and backups, How about those third party partners they've shared (sold) your data to prior to deletion?

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Is your child a hacker? Liverpudlian parents get warning signs checklist

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Could as easily have said:

"Is your child intelligent, interested in technology and curious about its effects on life and the world around him?"

"Know these warning signs and take the necessary steps to stifle mental growth and produce the type of worker drone your governments need for a pacified population!"

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Jun-OH-NO! NASA's Jupiter probe in busted helium-valve drama

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Re: One of the locals ...

Or it's deliberately reporting false errors to prolong its life:

"It also means Juno will spend less time in the firing line of the gas giant’s lethal radiation belts, so it should last longer in space."

It might be smarter than they thought! ☺

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Nokia's 3310 revival – what's NEXT? Vote now

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Re: Gotta be the Psion

"If they launched a new model with some hardware updates (Wi-Fi, SD card slot, perhaps a colour e-ink display) I'd be sorely tempted."

You mean something like this?: https://pyra-handheld.com/boards/pages/pyra/

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Haven't deleted your Yahoo account yet? Reminder: Hackers forged login cookies

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Re: Wait a minute!

"So why push me to two-factor authentication ?"

To gather even more information (valid phone #) about their users, to sweeten the pot for the sale, and oops... share with the hackers.

My Yahoo! account is strictly for websites that insist on one, there's minimal info in it, and none that's actual.

2FA? With them? Pah! When >name< >password< no longer works, I'll just start using one of my other throw away accounts elsewhere.

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Nul points for Ukraine's Eurovision ticket site fail

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Re: Everyone's resigned anyway...

"p.s. These forums need a gay icon. Judy Garland?"

Tinky Winky?

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Remote unauthenticated OS re-install is a feature, not a bug, says Cisco

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Re: If you can't fix it

Or just advertise them as "Bot-net ready", and charge extra for it!

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Roses are red, you're feeling blue, 'cos no one wants to watch VR telly with you

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Re: Motivation

"The endpoint of this is something like the Matrix with living space shrunk to the bare minimum but the virtual tech improved to make that much less of a restriction."

Brings this to mind: http://wondermark.com/c1291/

"Huh. So you're saying... You've escaped the reality of your cramped quarters by inventing a big beautiful place that you can look at but never touch?"

"A house with a hundred rooms but you can only step foot in one?" "I dunno. You've never felt like you've devised yourself a prison?"

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Roses are red, violets are blue, fake-news-detecting AI is fake news, too

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Never before in the history of mankind has so much information been available to so many people.

Some of it is even true!

My favorite piece of graffiti was where someone had spray painted "Question Everything!" on a wall.

Under it, someone else had spray painted "WHY?"

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